This Magazine’s December Film Club Newsletter is now up here.
This month’s edition includes a chance to win a copy of the new book “Reel Asian: Asian Canada on Screen.” It’s a collection (with lots of pictures) examining East and Southeast Asian Canadian contributions to independent film and video.
December film highlights include two highly anticipated releases from directors Clement Virgo and Denys Arcand.
Virgo’s new film, Poor Boy’s Game, is about a white boxer in Halifax who brutally beats a black man. After being released from a stint in jail for the crime, the black community is still angry and challenges him to fight a prominent black boxer in search of vengeance. The white boxer is trained by his victim’s father, played by Danny Glover.
Meanwhile, Arcand’s L’Age des tenebres opens in Quebec this month. It’s the last installment in the loose trilogy that began with Le Declin de l’empire americain and Les Invasions barbares. It follows a man who escapes his mundane reality by getting lost in his fantasy world.